Women's International Pharmacy E-Newsletter June 2011

Concerned About Hair Loss?

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Have you noticed an increasing number of hairs in your sink or hairbrush? Are you beginning to see more of your scalp when you look in the mirror? If so, you are not alone! Millions of men and women experience hair loss as they age, sometimes starting as early as their 20s or 30s. Depending on the reason for your hair loss, you may be able to reverse it or at least slow it down.


First, let's recognize that some hair loss is normal. Hair experts estimate that a loss of approximately 50 to 150 strands of hair per day represents normal shedding for the human hair growth cycle. So, some hair in the sink or shower is nothing to be alarmed about. Sudden hair loss, or thinning hair over your entire head (and possibly other parts of your body), or clumps of hair falling out are considered unusual, and should be discussed with your healthcare practitioner. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, he or she may recommend seeing a dermatologist or a hair specialist, known as a trichologist.


The fear of losing more hair is usually what prompts people to seek medical attention. Although some people may be driven more by vanity, for others hair loss is devastating to their self-esteem. This seems especially true for women. In his book, The Hormone Solution: Stay Younger Longer, Dr. Thierry Hertoghe notes that a hormone imbalance is just as likely to feed fear and erode self-confidence as it is to contribute to hair loss. He says, "addressing any imbalance will not only improve the situation on top of your head, but within it as well."

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Hormones in Your Fingernails?!?

by Carol Petersen, RPh,CNP


A study published by Fay Marnock, et al, suggested using fingernails to measure hormone status. As a nail's matrix builds up with keratin, hormones passively diffuse into the nail from capillaries in the blood. The authors suggested measuring DHEA and cortisol in the nail to gauge hormone status over a prolonged period. This could have advantages over tests using serum, saliva and urine, which reflect only a point in time or only a single day's hormone level.


Aside from the possibility of actually measuring hormones, the appearance of your fingernails reveals a lot of information about your overall health...

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Online Health Library

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We are proud to make available online, our popular "Connections" newsletters.  These informational brochures cover a wide range of hormone related health topics including:

  • Compounded Bioidentical Hormones
  • Male Hormones
  • Progesterone
  • Thyroid Imbalances
  • Vitamin D
  • And more!

We currently have over 20 topics available and are adding more on a regular basis.  Check out the full list here.


If there is a particular topic you would like us to feature, please let us know by emailing us at info@womensinternational.com.  As always we welcome your feedback!




Staff at Women's International Pharmacy






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Concerned About Hair Loss?
Hormones in Your Fingernails?!?
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Speaking of Hair...

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Kathy Lynch, Pharm.D -Women's International



Hair growth on the face, as well as on other parts of the body, may be problematic for some women. Thierry Hertoghe, MD believes that a relative deficiency of estrogen and progesterone in relationship to testosterone may be the culprit. He also theorizes that low cortisol may promote unwanted hair by affecting male hormone levels. Accordingly some practitioners order compounded hormone cream combinations to be applied to the face.


Syndicated writer

Dr. Peter Gott has addressed this issue in his national medical advice column. He suggests that women try rubbing a small amount of estrogen cream twice a day into the areas of concern. He claims that many women see a difference in as little as a few weeks. Perhaps it's worth a try.




Thierry Hertoghe, MD "The Hormone Solution: Stay Younger Longer" 




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